16 Struggles College Students Have Returning From Winter Break

16 Struggles College Students Have Returning From Winter Break

Because no college student has a clue what is happening as soon as they come back to campus...
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Yes, it feels pretty good to be back on campus! You’re once again reunited with that freedom you needed, and seeing your friends again. But that also means it’s once again time to wake up early, sit in classes, and work on those long papers again. For students, it's hard to re-adjust to college life and practice a routine again. Of course, we’re in college for a reason, but it’s still a struggle. Here’s 16 struggles that college students have when returning from break!

1. Being forced to use your alarm again…

Can’t wait to start setting my alarms to 8:00, 8:05, 8:15, and 8:30 again! If you’re not a morning person and you picked an 8am class for the semester, congratulations, you played yourself.

2. Going back to your "horrible" college diet.

Back to endless Chick-Fil-A and desperately trying to burn it off at the gym…and crying about how you’ll never do it again…..*repeats 7 days a week*

3. Constantly writing 2017 instead of 2018 at the top of your notes...so you either have to cross it off or start over.

Don’t we all have this struggle? This has at least happened to us once.

4. Living with your roommate

Because you were so used to having your own room and now you have to be aware of changing your clothes and realizing you have to compromise, and them probably bugging you...on purpose. But having a roommate makes your college experience much more interesting!

5. Buying textbooks for class

When you spend $500 on textbooks that you will never use….like ever.

6. Sitting in lectures and not having a clue what’s happening...

*Continues to think about how much time you have to go get Chick-Fil-A and make it in time for your next lecture* Or your brain activity is probably this GIF

7. Trying to remember your Student ID Login and other Passwords

Not to mention if your school requires you to keep changing it every semester. Always write your new password down somewhere every time you change it. Most students will change their password from "Unicorns123" to "Unicorns1234."

8. Realizing that you don't have your car anymore and you have to get used to relying on Uber & Lyft.

You thought trying to come up with gas money was bad? Imagine having to wait for someone to pick you up and having to pay $10 for each ride! But there are benefits to taking Uber and Lyft!

9. Going out at night with your friends and dealing with the aftermath of waking up early in the morning.

This is what the word "bitter-sweet" means...

10. The stress over Sorority Recruitment (even if you aren't in Greek Life)

Because this is the time where everyone is under stress about which one they want to join, and the constant chanting and then being tired. You will literally eat, sleep, and breathe your sorority. Even if you aren't apart of Greek Life, you are still going to have to hear your friends rant about recruitment, or just the stress of rushing in general.

11. Your Winter Body...

Well, if you're not walking everywhere in college, you won't be able to burn off all of that food you're eating. And you basically ate yourself into a coma over break It's important to stay active!

12. Almost falling off the beds because you sleep on a Twin XL

Not going to lie, I love my college bed. However, if you toss and turn in your sleep, keep in mind that there's not a lot of room. One wrong move and that's a bad fall.

13. 10-Page Papers

I don't know her...

14. All Nighters FOR Your 10-Page papers

Sorry if you guys hear a dying whale next door, that’s just me crying about whether the font should be Arial or Times New Roman at 3am.

15. Living off of $1.32 in your bank account.

When you’re lazy and now you actually have to be the finesse queen again.

16. Missing your friends & family from back home but realizing you’re finally reunited with your school friends + freedom again!

Because of course I missed my amazing college friends and being able to be independent again!

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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2. Phone juul holder 

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

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Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

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An Open Letter To Professors Who Assign Group Work

In the classroom, there is NO strength in numbers.

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There is something to be said about the workings of a well-oiled machine. The swift cohesion of pieces working together to create a masterful finished product. Each individual part bringing its own unique gifts and interesting character together to create an impeccable arrangement of academic collaboration. It is absolutely awe-inspiring that professors dream of this sort of outcome from the random chunk of students that they forced together. So sorry to break it to you, professors, but the group project you assign in your class is not going to work like this. The final product will not be a meticulously crafted work of art. It is going to turn into a flaming disaster as your bitter students shamefully share the work they have thrown together.

Group projects are the bane of my, and most students', existence. You assign them in large lecture halls, small discussion courses, and every class in between. Most of the time you assemble the members of each group yourself, creating the saddest excuse for a team to ever grace the planet. This leaves the students no choice as to who they will be working with, which essentially makes the grade out of the individual's hand because they have no power over which random stranger will be tossed into their group. In the rare occasion that you do not assign the groups yourself, you leave the fear-stricken students to frantically gather their own clusters of people. This is just as bad because in this case students typically choose groups based on geographical location in the classroom, their seats that they chose on the first day of class and never got around to relocating.

Regardless of how they were gathered, every group project will introduce your students to a dynamic range of personalities. There is the one super intense leader that thinks this project grade is the single most important moment of their entire life, and if everyone does not commit their full selves to it they will actually burn the school to the ground. Conversely, there is the lazy, weak link; who is consistently dropping the ball on the group's shared research document and honestly none of the other group members even know what this person looks like because they skip class so ridiculously much. There is the one person who works every second of every day and can never fit your group meeting into their schedule because their nannying job is so important (this is actually a subtweet at me, my apologies to all of my past group members, I just have a really busy schedule, okay). Please, do not subject your students' grades to depend on the work of these insane classmates. A student's grade should reflect their own, individual work, group projects skew and make that impossible.

I understand that you mean well by assigning these projects. You hope to teach us how to work well with others, a valuable communicative asset in the real world. However, in the real world, there are standards for hiring at a company and if a worker does not perform well they will be fired. There are no standards for getting into my psychology class, any student with a laptop and a break in their schedule on Tuesday and Thursday mornings is welcome to join the class. There are no standards for performance either. If a student does not perform well in a group project their grade will plummet, which to my surprise does not greatly bother as many students as I thought, as does every other member of the group's grade. So unfair, so unparallel to the real world. Stop comparing your English 101 class to the real world.

Please professors, just stop with the group projects. I will happily write all of the papers, study all of the lectures, and even read all of the chapters in my textbook. Just don't make me create another Google Slides presentation with a bunch of strangers again.

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